Light & Tasty Super Bowl Fare

Don’t ruin your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy already! Pig out on these treats at kickoff this year and you won’t have to worry about breaking the calorie-bank. 

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s the time of year again…Super Bowl XLVIII is officially upon us (this weekend). It’s especially exciting for us here in NYC because even though neither the Jets nor the Giants made a run for it this year, the big game will be held in the Meadowlands, stomping grounds for both of our beloved home teams! Oh, and did we mention that there will be a Full House reunion during the commercials?! Yeah, we LOVE the Super Bowl.

One aspect of the big game that we’re not so excited about? The outrageous food spreads that are sure to be happening from coast-to-coast, dashing all dreams of a successful New Year of healthy eating just ONE measly month into 2014! Luckily, bloggers everywhere have realized  this problem and dreamt up tons of totally tasty ways to avoid the calorie-killer recipes, without sacrificing an ounce of flavor or satisfaction.

Guacamole Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes via Kokocooks

Tomatoes are just so much healthier than chips. Plus, this snack is a perfect way to exert portion control over guac, because while it is a healthy snack, that stuff can get fattening fast. Cherry tomatoes still give you a bit of that satisfying crunch!

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip via Gimme Some Oven

It’s not like you’re not going to have buffalo chicken dip at your Super Bowl bash…but this healthier version should suit even the pickiest of buffa-lovers. Using reduced fat cream cheese and substituting Greek yogurt too makes this dish infinitely lighter than the classic. For an extra health-kick, try serving with celery sticks!

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Buttermilk Sauce via Katie’s Cocina

Baked, not fried! Veggie filled egg rolls get an instant health-upgrade when prepared in the oven. All of the spices included in this recipe will make sure they’re packed with flavor—not to mention the addition of a mouth-wateringly delicious dipping sauce. Our motto stands that no spread can ever have too many avocado-infused dishes, ever.

Deviled Eggs via Full Thyme Student

These adorable eggies will add a little flair to your app spread. This will be the easiest dish you make, and probably the most festive, too—perfect to display in the center of your table! Eggs are a protein-packed snack to keep you energized well beyond the halftime show.

Turkey Chili via Spa Week Daily

We shared this recipe with you a couple of weeks ago and it’s absolutely perfect to dole out on Super Bowl Sunday. This is one main course that will have your crowd cheering for more on the sidelines. Pro tip: Make sure you double it—this is going to go fast!

Peanut Butter and Pretzel Dip via Happier than a Pig in Mud

You’re going to need to splurge a little bit this weekend! After all, it is the Super Bowl and it only comes once a year.  This dip has some healthy aspects, as the base is made mainly of good-in-moderation peanut butter, and you can eat it with pretzels!

What healthy recipes will be gracing your Super Bowl spread this year? Tell us in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Three Slow Cooker Recipes to Warm You Up

Easy slow cooker recipes to impress guests all winter long.

Photo by Pseph via flickr.com

Photo by Pseph via flickr.com

We’re officially in the midst of the mid-winter lull. It’s past the excitement of the holidays, but we’ve still got a couple of months of chilly temps to look forward to. What we need is something to help make passing the time between now and spring a little more exciting! One perfect winter boredom-breaker: Dust off that Crock-Pot. Use it to make protein-packed, filling recipes that you can eat, freeze, and even bring to work as lunch for days.

Disclaimer—slow cooker recipes definitely don’t have to be fatty. Here are three lightened up recipes you can whip up on a Sunday to ensure that you eat well all week long!

Sesame Honey Chicken via Skinnytaste

Why we love this recipe: This dish is super tasty! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory to warm your senses up on a cold day. Skinnytaste is also our favorite healthy eating blog—we’ve truly never come across a disappointing recipe!

Insider tip: Some of the ingredients in this recipe are less common (like rice wine vinegar), or may be falling victim to food shortage (read: sriracha—gasp!) so make sure to head to the store in advance to make sure you can secure all the necessary materials.

Get the full recipe here

Herb Sausage Stuffed Peppers via Cooking Light

Why we love this recipe: It’s just so easy! All you need is fifteen or twenty minutes to prepare the peppers, and you’ll have yourself quite an impressive meal just a couple of hours later.

Insider tip: Make sure not to overcook the sausage on the skillet—or else it may become too dry in the slow cooker.

Get the full recipe here

Turkey Chili via My boyfriend’s mom (one of the best cooks I know!)

Why we love this recipe: This recipe is a personal favorite and complete crowd-pleaser. It only takes a couple of ingredients and about thirty minutes to prepare. After eight hours of slowly simmering, it’s the perfect thing to chow down on after a long winter’s day spent outside (you know, by people who do walking tours in NYC in January—all for the sake of chocolate).

 

Insider tip: This is a BIG recipe. Don’t fret if you’re not cooking for a family—it freezes really well!

Recipe Ingredients

2 packages ground turkey

1 large and one small can diced tomatoes

1 small can green chilies

2 packages chili seasoning 1 large can red kidney beans

1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce

Instructions

First brown the turkey meat in a skillet chop it up as small as you can. If it’s too lumpy it’s dry. As it’s  cooking sprinkle 1/2 package of the chili seasoning to the meat so that it gets flavored. Cook the turkey until no longer pink, on med high heat.  Drain liquid if needed.

Put small can of tomatoes on the bottom of Crock-Pot then add turkey meat. Add beans and rest of tomatoes, can of green chilies, and the rest of the chili seasoning. Toss it all carefully so that the beans don’t break up.

Put Crock-Pot on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Add the hot sauce with about 1/2 hour to go, to taste.

Serve with marinated jalapeños, hot sauce and shredded cheddar cheese.

Comment below with your favorite slow cooker recipe!

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.